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Mr. Bullock

Pope Bullock

Principal, Cooper Carry

Pope Bullock joined Cooper Carry in 1981 and was named a Principal in 1988 and vice president 1992. He served as executive vice president from 1998 to 2008. Mr. Bullock is the founding principal of the hospitality studio. His works have earned numerous awards including five design awards from the American Institute of Architects; three Awards for Excellence in 1983, 1987, and 1995, for hotel projects, and two of Merit, including his work on the Emory University Mathematics and Science Center in 2002. Mr. Bullock has also been a contributor in numerous publications including The New York Times, The Atlanta Business Chronicle, and Hotel Business. His expertise and vast range of experience have allowed him to play a key role in various projects involving hospitality, corporate, office, retail, as well as mixed use. Mr. Bullock is a member of several organizations including the AIA, Urban Land Institute (ULI), and the National Council of Architectural Registration Board (NCARB). He has served as member, vice president, and president of the Georgia State Board of Architects, and the Auburn University School of Architecture Advisory Board and the Dean's Excellence Committee at Auburn University. Mr. Bullock is also a member of the Society of Architectural Historians, has bachelor's degrees in science and architecture and from Auburn University, and is registered to practice in 18 states.

Mr. Bullock can be contacted at 404-240-9506 or popebullock@coopercarry.com

Coming up in September 2019...

Hotel Group Meetings: Uncommon Destinations

The last few years have been good to the Hotel Group Meetings industry and that trend is expected to continue into 2019. Planners are brimming with confidence due to an expanding economy and increased job creation, which typically results in a boost in corporate meetings. Given this promising outlook, planners are trying to outdo themselves to satisfy the high expectations of their clients. One notable trend is to integrate unusual settings into the meeting experience, hosting groups at local zoos, aquariums, museums, event centers, or other outdoor facilities. The goal is to embrace uncommon destinations, rather than a typical hotel conference room, so that meetings can be memorable, unique and stimulating. This is also part of another trend which is to support all things local - from hosting events at landmark city venues; to catering through local restaurants, food trucks and microbreweries; to hosting off-site excursions like agri-tours, athletic events or scenic 5k routes. However, though the setting might be spectacular, there are still some bedrock components that must be provided to ensure a successful meeting. Free, high-speed Wi-Fi is still one of the most requested services. Planners have to make sure that a comprehensive communication infrastructure is in place so clients can easily connect - and stay connected - to the network throughout the entire meeting experience. Also, technology tools can be used to streamline the booking, registration, and check-in process, and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) materials can be utilized to ensure seamless access to conference events. There are also numerous software tools that encourage audience participation, as well as integrating polls, Q&A, surveys and games into speakers' presentations. The September Hotel Business Review will examine issues relevant to group meetings and will report on what some hotels are doing to promote this sector of their operations.